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More wondrous than Aladdin's slave Who searched the mysteries of the earth. And all its fairest treasures cava To gratify his boyish mirth As subtle as the rainbow's eleam, Yet mighty as an earthquake's throe: Strange as the wizard's fondest dream. 8 8 Most generous friend, I'. Man's genius brings yoa to his feet - And bends your service to his will. Each night you blaze across the street . To advertise a patent pill. A tall, thin man, deeply , bronzed, tiny crowsfeet showing athwart the tan at the corners of his eyes, his fore bead white when he pushed back his soft felt hat, leaned over the' rail of a small "pleasure" steamer that made short trips between Bar Harbor and Jonesport twice and thrice a week. His hand was brown and sinewy, tike himself, and the cigar he held he dropped overboard as the tiny craft came in sight of Sidbridge. "Good God" and there seemed no flavor of Irreverence as the man spoke the words, and his keen gray eyes were moist "not a speck of change not a speck! No railway apparently, no pier, no anything, after twenty years! And I've come 12,000 miles to see you and I find you ju3t as I left you! "Eh eh? It's my body that has grown old, not my heart." "Do you get off here, sir?" "Yes, purser, and look out for me on your way .back. What a quaint old place this seems to be!" The-purser laughed. ' "They say of Sidbridge that no one ever dies there and no change has taken place for fifty years or more." "Ah, it's different on my side! I'ra from the other side of the world." Herbert Seaton walked the plank, the only passenger to. alight, leaving buns and babies behind him, and, car rying his grip, he went up the main street, looking keenly from hand to band. The name on the few stores were familiar to him. He nodded and gave "Good day!" to an old lady sunning her self upon the doorstep, who returned fcls greeting with no sign of recogni tion. Behind the coast guard's cottage Is a small square. You enter It from the main street by a narrow passage that looks like a cul de sac, but it opens out into a tiny quadrangle, where ti.e sound of the sea scarcely penetrates. The houses all of one pattern are lime washed and tiled, with green shutters, and the rust from the hinges has stained them almost red in patches. And the man made his way toward one with feet that lagged. The green shutters, the hall mark of respectabili ty, hung awry, and their hinges were rusted. He turned to the next houso and knocked at the door. At the house of his quest the front door swung to and fro. "Can you tell me where Mr a. Hay- en rt r, hast m mvn TO r "I have never heard the name, sir." "Did not Mrs. Haygarth her name was Radford before her marriage come here to live on her wedding day?" "Radford is a common name here, sir. There are three Margaret Rad ford 9 In the parish now." "But the Margaret I mean married the New York broker twenty years ago." "That Is long before my time, sir. But the - broker, I have heard, was killed on his wedding day." "Give me the address of these Mar garet Radfords. I've been 'clean awa.'" for many years." The Yankee speech slipped back to the man's tongue, and the young worn- Saw a beautiful woman. an laughed, for at first the man spoke with the twang of a foreigner. "Well," she said, the laugh still op en .her lips, "there's Margaret -who's gone 'clean away,' Margaret who bides to Sal combe, and the schule mistress most wicked t or her what bides tew Peak schule.' So he made his way to Margaret Radford who bided near the church, and finding the announcement that apartments were to let, engaged a bed room, and there was no grumbling about her terms, for the Australian had generosity all over him! Then Herbert Seaton made his way up the steep path he had been told led to the "schulehouse.'.' In his day he remembered the local cobbler kept school and turned out perhaps poor scholars, but good fisher men, and he emphasized his remarxs with a strap. Seaton felt it now. Be tween hedges twenty feet high, up the steep red path he made his way, and at the end stood the schoolhouse, fac ing the sea. He stood outside for some minutes, brushing perspiration from his forehead. Then he peered between the serried ranks of fuchsia and myrtle that stocl on the broad window sill, and he saw a beautiful woman, of nearly his own age, who had blue, gentle eyes, and a gentle face, and an aureole of fair hair, that "in beams of sunlight looked to him like a halo. Small man and woman kind were around her knees, from tiny tots to girls of 13, and she was talking and teaching as only an angel upon earth or a good woman, which is tne same thing can talk and teach from the Book of Books xthat lay upon her lap. And the Australian wanted to go In, Held out his arms. too, and kiss a pair of lips that erst while were his to kiss, but he stopped and listened, and the lump in his throat choked him, for he was listen ing to the old-new story of the prodi gal son, and the narration seemed to move the sweet saint, and the chil dren, who had heard it hundreds of times before, - always found some fresh questionseto ask. "Sweet," was the Informal address of one dark-eyed boy, who seemed a favorite, "what would you do if your son came back to you like this prodigy son who ate husks?" "Sweet never had a son. Sweet has never been married," came from an elder girl. And the heart of the man bounded within him. "I should welcome my prodigal dearly, of course." And the sweet mouth had grown wistful, but her eyes seemed as if they had visions ct some thing far away. "Would you kiss him, I wonder?" Schoolm a'am blushed and laughed like a young girl. - "Yes, J think I should kiss him," she said gently. t "Well, let's pretend I'm the prodigy and you be the man who owned the fatted calves." Seaton chuckled to himself, feeling a boy again. Then he went for a walk, returning an hour later, to find school dismissed. Margaret Radford felt strangely lonely when her little flock had run off shouting down the hill, and the sad little look came again Into her face. , And then a shadow fell across the floor and she looked up. For a mo ment she did not speak; her eyes grew round, and her breath came and went In deep gasps between her part ed lips. "The prodigal son has returned, Margaret. Lord knows I hare eaten husks enough down under! "You are a thousand, thousand times welcome. Herbert Seaton!" And sha began to sob. He had not. yet even touched her hanSl. but had drawn nearer. "What did you tell little bob Carey you would do when the prodigal re turned?" - - He spoke In a tone of banter to aide the deep feeling that moved him, but he held out his arms and his love flew into them, and he rained kisses upon Up, cheek and brows "My love my Jove!" was all be could stammer out, after -a silence of twenty years. - And she, too. lay silent in his strong arms, thinking many thoughts that shaped themselves into a prayer of thankfulness. "Why did you ever leave me, dear one?" she asked. "Your father told me that you were engaged to- Haygarth, and he was richer than I. He even showed me the house you were to live in when you married." "And you believed him you, Her bert, my lost love? How could you how could you? To go away without a word!" Her eyes had filled with tears again and he took her once more to his heart. Oh, the Pleasant Days of Old. Oh, the pleasant days of old, which so often people praise! True, they wanted all the luxuries that grace our modern days; Bare floors were strewed with rushes. the walls let in the cold: Oh, how they must have shivered in tnose pleasant aays 01 01a; Oh, those ancient lords of old, how mag nificent they were! They threw down and prisoned kings to tnwart tnem w no migm nare They ruled their serfs right sternly; they took from Jews their gold; Above both law and equity were those great loras 01 oia: Oh, the gallant knights of , old. their valor so renowned! With sword and lance and armor strong. they scoured the country round: And whenever aught to tempt them they met by wood or wold. By Tight pf sword they seized the prize tnose gallant anignts 01 oia: Oh. the gentle dames of old. who, quite free from fear of pain. Could gaze on joust and tournament and see their champions slain; They lived on good beefsteaks and ale. which made them strong and bold Oh, more like men than women were tnose gentle dames ox oia: Oh, those mlphty towers of old, with tneir turrets, moat ana Keep. Their battlements and bastions, . their dungeons dark and dep; Full many a baron held his court within the castle hold; And many a captive languished there, in tnose strong towers ot 01a: Oh, the troubadours of old. with the gen tle minstrelsie Of hope and Joy. or deep despair, which- C 1- 1 1 1 11 1 V 1 111 1 1, 11 11 1 , For years they served their 4ady-Iove ere they their passion told: Oh, wondrous patience must have had those troubadours ox old! - - Oh. those blessed times of old, with their chivalry and state! I love to read their chronicles which such brave deeds relatex I love to sing their ancient rhymes, to near their legends tola But, Heaven be thanked! I live not In tnose blessed times ox 01a. Frances Brown. Rattlesnake Seminoles' Messenger. Great consternation was created among the members of the Seminole council at Wewoka yesterday, when a large rattlesnake glided into the tent where the assemblage was being addressed by the attorney of the na tion, Capt. A. J. McKennon. Capt. Mc Kennon was about to kill the snake, when one of the councilmen stopped him, explaining in broken English; Him rattlesnake; he come down to Seminole council; no other snake do that. He sent by Great Spirit. He go South; that mean Mexico. We must all go Mexico soon." The captain was told that . the rat tlesnake had long been a messenger to the Seminole tribe from the Great Spirit. They told' him that just be fore their fight with Jackson in the South, many moons ago, a great rat tlesnake crawled from the bank of a lake and came into camp. The medi cine man assembled and told the members of the tribe that great trou ble was about to come upon them. They would have a. great fight and, zs the snake went west, a part of the tribe would be driven west. They said that the rattlesnake had been looked upon as a messenger ever since. Muskogee correspondence of Kansas City journal. Plowing by Dynamite. At Pendleton, Ore., and on several farms in the eastern part of the state of Washington, dynamite is used to break up the "hard pan" stratum just underneath the surface. Good soil and moisture are under the "hard pan." In the sagebrush and alkali regions this stratum of "hardpan" will not let the moisture come to the surface, nor can tree roots and alfalfa roots reach the moisture. So the surface Is dry alkali, the mother of sagebrush and nothing else. The dynamiters believe that by smashing this barren and rebellious stratum they can make the moisture come up and the roots go down. Crops have been planted over a con siderable tract of dynamited ground. In the fall we shall know how good a farmer dynamite Is. Everybody's. New Idea in Battleships. According to American cables the United States authorities are serious ly considering the building of Col. Cunibertl's ideal battleship, which was described In last year's "All the World's Fighting Ships." The concep tion of Italy's distinguished naval architect was at first a good deal laughed at, but it probably had a good deal to do with our Lord Nelson class armament, and after the Lord Nelaoo the projected American ship Is Trim able. No donbt a few years hence nothing will" puzzle people more than why the navies of the world fittee ships with guns incapable of attaining hits at battle ranges, and unable to do any serious harm even If hits were secured. London Engineer. Pity the Poor Woman. "But your dog license has been paid for this year," said t the department cleric "Strange," remarked the forgetful man. "I'm sure this string around my finger was to remind me to come here for my license." "But It's been paid; probably your wlfe.-Sf "My wife? Oh, that s It! It wasmy marriage license I was to get to-day." Isnt That Thoughtful. Teas She used to say she didn't care how homely a man might be ifi ae were only thoughtful. Jess Well, that's the kind she got for a husband. - Tess Why, I heard he was any thing but thoughtful. Jess He's full of thoughts for him self. Fair Fight and No Favor. A Mrs. Newlyspliced Look, Percy! There's a horrid hippissaurus fighting with mother. Why don't you run and help? Mr. Newlyspliced Oh, it would be cowardly for both of us to attack the old lady! The hippissaurus must take his chances. He shouldn't have begun, it! Comic Cuts. He Was Belted. Nell -So she actually refused Lord Nokash! Belle Well, no- I believe her father did the refusing for her. Nell And he was a belted earl, too! Belle I don't know that he was un til he interviewed her father. Then he got it all right. Catholic Standard and Times. Which? A Tery loquacious lady -asked a friend what position he would give her were she a man. "I'd make you superintendent of a deaf-and-dumb asylum," was his reply. "Why?" "Because either the inmates would .- u to talk, or you to keep silent." For the Boarders, '"How much are those fish?" asked the woman who was just starting a boarding house. "Twelve cents a pound," replied the huckster. "They're butter fish." "Too much! Haven't you. er any oleomargarine fish." Philadelphia Liedger. Reassuring. He Everybody says you only mart-led me for my money. " She Every boly is wrong, my dear. I know you look it; but, honestly. I didn't. Illustrated Bits. So Convenient. Mrs. Urban How you must enjoy living In the country. I suppose you can get all the fresh fruit and vege tables you want Mrs. Annex Oh, ye. Such a nice pedler comes out from the city three times a week. Brooklyn Life. Natural Deduction. City Editor Well, die you get an interview from Mrs. Blank on the sub ject? i . New Reporter No, sir. I .saw the lady, but she refused to talk. City Editor Indeed! When did she diet Commended. "Mr. Bliggias says he is a self-made man. That is one good trait about Mr. Biigglns. answered Miss Cayenne; "when he is to blame he owns up to 1 Mrs. Cleveland's Fad. Mrs. G rover Cleveland has become an expert In photography and the fas cinating occupation is her chief diver sion. In her beautiful home. West land, - Princeton, - she has . a complete equipment and the finish of her pic tures shows how painstaking she has been In Studying the use of the camera. "Underfed Children, . There are 122,000 underfed children In the city of London. This, according to Dr. Eicholz, who makes out a Btrong case in defense of the. state ment that there Is physical deteriora tion in England. WHAT HOME THINKS THE POPE'S PHYSICIAN DORSES AN AMERICAN REMEDY. EN- Dr. Lapponi Uses Dr. Williams' Pink Pills In His Practice Because Re sults fv.eet His Expectations. Dr. Lapponi, the famous physician to the Vatican, whose name has re cently come so greatly to the front on account of his unremitting atten tion to His Holiness, the late Pope Leo XIIL, and the high esteem and confidence with which he is regarded by the present Pope, His Holiness, Piux X.r is a man of commanding genius. He is more than a mere man of science; he is a man. of original and independent mind. Untrammeled by the "etiquette" of the medical pro fession, and having used Dr. Williams' Pink PIUs for Pale People in his prac tice with good results, he freely avows the facts and endorses the value of this remedy with an authority which no one will venture to question. Dr. Lapponi's Letter. "I certify that I have used Dr. Williams' Pink Pills in four cases of the simple anemia of develop ment. After a few weeks of treat ment, the result came fully up to my expectations. For that reason I shall not fail In the future to extend the use of this laudable preparation not only in the treat ment of other forms of the cate gory of anemia or chlorosis, but also in cases of neurasthenia and the like." (Signed) GIUSEPPE LAPPONI, Via del Gracchi 332, Rome. The "simple anemia of .develop ment" referred to by Dr. Lapponi is, of course, that tired, languid condition of young girls, whose development to womanhood is tardy and whose health at that period is so often im periled. His opinion of the value of Dr. Williams' Pink Pills for Pale Peo ple atat time is of the highest sci entific authority and it confirms the many published cases in which anemia and - other diseases of the blood, as well as nervous diseases, such as ner vous prostration, neuralgia, St. Vitus', dance, paralysis and locomotor ataxia have been cured by these pills. Thej are commended to the public for their efficiency in making new blood and strengthening weak nerves. After such an endorsement- they will be ac cepted by the medical and scientific world at their full value. At any rate the shoe trust cannot be referred to as a sole-less corporation. Every . housekeeper should know that if they will buy Defiance Cold Water Starch for laundry use they will save not only time, because it never sticks to the iron, but because each package contains 16 oz. one full pound while all other Cold Water Starches -are put up in -pound pack ages, and the price is the same, 10 cents. Then again because Defiance Starch is free from all injurious chem icals. If your grocer tries to sell you a 12-oz. package it is because he has a stock on hand which he wishes to dispose of before he puts, in Defiance. He knows that Defiance Starch has printed on every package in large let ters and figures "16 ozs." Demand Defiance and save much time and money and the annoyance of the iroa ticking. Defiance never sticks. As men of parts actors are 'not In it with barbers. Insist on Getting Tt. Some grocers say they don't keep Dettance Starch. This is because they have a stock on hand of other brands containing only 12 os In a package, which they won't be able to sell first, because Defiance contains 16 oz. for the same money. Do you want 18 os. Instead of 12 os. for same money? Then buy Defiance Btarch. Requires no cooking. - History of the Rose. The culture of the rose beginamtag goes back beyond records. The flower is mentioned in the earliest Coptic manuscripts. India's traditions take the rose to the times of the gods on earth. Egypt had roses, wild and tame, before the Roman occupation made it, In a -way, Rome's commercial rose garden; yet, curiously enough, there Is no reference to the flower in painting, sculpture or hieroglyphics. Japan, in our time, parallels Egypt. Roses flourish there, but do not serve as a motif for artists. There is the further likeness neither Egypt nor Japan has a rose song or a love song Little Togo. Admiral Togo, the Japanese naval commander, is a little man small even among his country mea. He is about 56 years of age, with coal-black hair standing straight np from his head, expressionless eyes, prominent cheek bones and a powerful jaw re lievedby an imperial. Always unim passtoned, he gazes as steadily at the flight of a passing bird as he did ten years ago on the sinking of the Kow ahlhg and the sending of 2.000 human beings to a -watery grave, an events which awoke the world to the rising at a ne witar in the Far East. Galumofl Oofiing , Povdor A wonderful powder of rare merit and unrivaled strength. The mother-in-law joke dates back to Solomon,' who had a. thousand wives. ' Mm. Wlmlow Soothing; Syrarp. rorenlldren teeuung, moneoa ttxm R'iraa. rrxl nasnmatton, allays pain, cares wtodcollu. 2&e When a girl treats a man as if she were very much Interested in him, it is a sigh she isn't. " All Upvlo-Date Housekeepers - use Defiance Cold Water Starch, be cause It Is better, 'and 4 oz. more of It for same money. - , The fellow who is looking for trouble heeds neither a search warrant nor a kit of burglar's tools. Murine Eye Remedy cures sore eyes, makes weak eyes strong. All druggists, 50c No matter how rich a man is, he suspects the probity of everybody who is richer. Stats of Ohio. Citt 01-' Iolido, I ICCAI COC5TT. f 'Fkattk J. Chitit makes oatn that he ts senior Eartner of tbe firm of K. J. ckuit & Co doing ustness In tae City cf Toledo. County sad Stats aforesaid, and That said firm will pay the snra of ONE HL'XOKED DOl.LAUS fjr each and erery case of Cataiih that can&Jt be cared by Lhe use of HlU'l ClTAUE Cl'KK. FRANK J. CHEJTET. Sworn ts before me sod subscribed In wy pres. ence, this th day of IMcember, A. D. 18S6. i I A. W. GLEASOV, "t. f Notaet Ftiuo. " Rail's Catarrh Cure Is takea Internally sad acts directly on tLe blood and mucous surfaces of ths system. Send for testimonials, free. F. J. ( HE.NET CO., Toledo, O. Sold hw all rrmrKl-ts. 7Sc. Take Ball's Family Pills for constipation. Some men usually men who can not afford them are crazy to give tips. Defiance Starch should be in every housenold. none so good, besides 4 oz. more for 10 cents than any other brand of cold water Btaxch. Two are needed to start a quarrel, but one can stop it. eiTS 1,1 llia.,WMltl amHw . fT; Send for FKrK 93. OO trial bottle and treatise. The cup that cheers the honeybee is the buttercup. Piso's Cure cannot be too higbly spoken of as a cough cure. J. W. O'Bkiks, 323 Third Ave. N . Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 6. 1900. Some men remind one of a bird's eye view of the real thing. , Why It Is the Best Is because made by an entirely differ ent process. Defiance Starch is un like any other, better and one-third more for 10 cens. Nell His conversation is so pol ished. Eelle Yes, so polished that it has no point. "Dysperffls Tormented Me for Tears. Xr. David Kennedy's Favorite K-ii "'y cored me." Mrs. C. a. Dougherty , aUliTlile, N. J. Ueed over 30 years. li-OO, Turbine Steamers for the Future. Some remarkable records recently made by "autoboats" notably the de feat in a race across the English Chan nel of a fast turbine steamer by a little forty-foot motor boat led an English expert, S. F. Edge, to predict that the new engine borrowed from the motor car, will take the place of the steam . engine even for larger vessels. He ex pects, indeed, to see the twenty-odd miles between France and England covered in as many minutes. The gas oline motor is already proving popular in Europe for small craft of a practi cal sort, Denmark having a flotilla of over 300 boats of this type. An Expensive Outfit. The. list of the Russian czar's rela tives Includes a brother, an uncle, four cousins of the first degree, ten of the second, thirteen of the third and a great-uncle. All of these except the thirteen cousins of the third degree must be addressed as "imperial high ness." These thirty-three male rela tives of the czar are a great financial burden to the empire, as each of them receives an annual income of $460,000. They moreover own in the aggregate 5,000 square miles of land and 325 pal aces, employing an army of 20,000 ser vants. " Cure, to Stay Cured. Wapello. Iowa, Oct. 10 (Special) One of the most remarkable : cures ever recorded in Louisa County is that of Mrs. Minnie Hart of this place. Mrs. Hart was in bed for eight months and when she was ab,le to sit up she was all drawn up on. one side and. could 'not ' walk across the room. Dodd's Kidney Pills cured her. Speak ing of her cure Mrs. Hart says: "Yes. Dodd's Kidney Pills cured me after I was in bed for eight months and I know the cure 'was complete for that was three years ago and I ve not -been down since. In four weeks from the time I started taking them I was able to make my garden. -Nobody can know how thankful I am to be cured or how much I feel I owe to Dodd's Kidney Pills." This ease again points out how much the general health depends oa the Kidneys. Cure the .Kidneys with Dodd's Kidney Pills and nine-tenths of the suffering the human family is heir to, will disappear. Motto for Success. This motto is displayed in a Boston, downtown desk: "The elevator to suc cess is generally stuck; try the stairs.